Oh, that's right. Gigi mentioned the Santa Ana winds in an email earlier. That's exactly what's going on with me. I'd forgotten about my allergies. It's been two years since I've had a respiratory reaction to wind, dust and such. In my previous apartment I was seemingly allergy-free. [till I developed eczema.]
Hold on while I take a Claritin (I keep forgetting)...
There. I prepared a kickin' vitamin C and echinacea drink while I was at it.
Where do I begin? A long-term client informed me that Friday will be our last day working together. Almost three years with them and I got only two days notice. I was expecting October's payment today. Instead, I got the axe. Why? She's "just not feeling it between us" lately. I guess I could've seen this coming. Her previous dogwalker was booted for pretty much the same reasons.
I could be upset, but I'm kinda not.
What I've gained from this: she and I were perfect for each other for the first two years. I had the ability to be more flexible with my time. I was able to go over and above the call of duty more often. She was a steady client and paid faithfully at the beginning of every month. I had just come out of a long-term relationship. I was starting over. And our work together guaranteed my rent got paid every month.
For that, I'm grateful.
I guess it's time for a change. So, what can I do with this? I can now focus more on building a clientele on one side of town. This will easily free up almost an hour in my day. We'll see exactly how it plays out, as I get used to the new route.
I met a dog trainer at the park last week. She has a client she would like to refer to me. On this side of town even. The Culver City dogpark is close to opening. That will save a lot of time driving. I could start hiking over here. Or walking along the beach, with a group. Who knows? Training too? Apprentice work with a trainer has been on my mind.
I don't know. I could easily freak out about this loss. It's quite a financial blow. But that's the nature of self-employment. It also rekindles that spark under my ass to put more things into action. Newness is always scary at first. But I thrive on it. So let's hope I can stay calm and not panic about finances. It's time to trust the process again.